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The Caves of Night

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Five people enter the Frohnberg caves, three men and two women. In the glare of the Austrian sunshine, the cool underground depths seem an attractive proposition – until the collapse of a cave wall blocks their return to the outside world. Faced with an unexplored warren of tunnels and caves, rivers and lakes, twisting and ramifying under the mountain range, they can only ...more
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Published by Avon (first published 1958)
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Joe Santoro
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller-caper
Apparently this slipped into the sci fi pile because the author does write sci fi. This one, however, despite the cover(which is definitely the best part) is not.

The 1st half documents the main character, a middle-aged woman named Cynthia, starting an affair with the Austrian Count in the neigborhood while her husband documents some cave paintings.

After that, we do get the cave part, in which the main characters get stuck, the red shirts die, and Cynthia gets left with a quite literal choice, wh
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Andrew
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even though there were several annoying characters and a stupidly tragic Manfredesque Austrian count, I still give this book 5 stars (4.75, rounded up) because of its awesome suspense. It literally made me nauseous with its descriptions of claustrophobic caves and the whole buried alive stuff, but it was a real page-turner for me.
Most of the first third of the book was dumb, but once all the idiots get stuck in the terrifying caves, it kicked ass.
Ian Macfarlane
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tense

Excellent,tense, a very good read right to the climax of the last chapter.Well worth reading. What more can I say.
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